Essay on Symbolism Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird There are numerous symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird. Some characters are related to a mockingbird’s innocence. The Mad Dog was a pristine animal. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley were both judged by events they have no control over. The Mad Dog, Tim Johnson, symbolizes a mockingbird. He was an innocent animal who was brutally killed. Although Atticus doesn’t want to shoot him, he does anyway because the dog appears to be “mad”. “Heck Tate says, ‘Mr. Finch, this is a one-shot job.’ Atticus shook his head vehemently… ‘I haven’t shot a gun in thirty years.” (Lee, 127). Atticus’s morals were the cause of him not wanting to shoot the dog, but he did so for the safety of the townspeople. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson possesses the same traits as the mockingbird- innocence. Tom was judged by the color of his skin, therefore, caused him to be convicted of a crime he did not do. “’If you had been on that jury, son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man,’ said Atticus. ‘So far nothing in your life has interfered with your reasoning process. Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing that night in front of the jail. When that crew went away, they didn’t go as reasonable men, they went because we were there… In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those…

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